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and this a whistleblower edward snowden charged with espionage in the u.s. washington now seeking help to get him from hong kong where he's in hiding. the leaks from the snowden pile up with the recent revelations showing the u.k. has been tapping phone calls in internet traffic around the world to secretly collect and store vast amounts of data. u.n. skepticism over washington's claims that syria's government used chemical weapons don't stop the u.s. secretary of state from pushing for board and military help for the rebels fighting the assad regime.
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seven pm in moscow i match reza good to have you with us here on r t our top story the u.s. government has filed criminal charges against edward snowden the man who told the world about the scope of america's global surveillance network washington now wants help from hong kong officials because snowden's been hiding in the chinese territory since unleashing his revelations about the n.s.a. or he's guy has more. edward snowden has been charged with espionage theft and conversion of government property now the u.s. justice department has also reportedly asked hong kong to address that word snowden the united states has an extradition treaty with hong kong and snowden could fight extradition if he's arrested there but the treaty has an exception for political offenses so snowden's defense team in hong kong may potentially invoke that part of the extradition treaty edward snowden's revelations as we all know have shed unprecedented light on the u.s. government's massive spying program he revealed that even if you're not doing
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anything wrong you're being watched and recorded the obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the espionage act than all previous administrations combined but edward snowden. says it's not government persecution that he fears he said the greatest fear that i have regarding these revelations is that nothing will change prosecutors have two months to file an indictment and try to bring snowden to the u.s. for trial the whistleblower himself can challenge the extradition request in a hong kong court political commentator sam sachs thinks that student has the upper hand over other leaders because there's actions garnered plenty of public support. this is what snowden was expecting i mean he went to hong kong he's been very vocal that is he's fully expecting the government to come down hard on him like they've come down on all whistleblowers over the last few years but snowden has a leg up on a lot of these whistleblowers and that's the fact that he released these documents he made himself public he went out he made his case for why he released these
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documents so this is going to be played out in the public eye on like say what happened to bradley manning who was picked up never had a chance to defend himself in the public eye and has just been sitting in prison that's going to probably complicate the government's case against note is that we knew why he did this and there's a lot of support behind him doing this this is the eighth time that a whistleblower has been charge by the obama administration under the espionage act the government so far has been unable whether it's thomas drake john kiriakou or right now with the bradley manning trial show how any of these leaks have resulted in espionage or have hurt americans the national security of of the united states. with the f.b.i. busy hunting whistleblower on the run edward snowden it's now got a new spying plot to investigate as well chinese dissident chen guangcheng getting a pile of high tech gifts when he arrived in the u.s. last year from a nonprofit group little did he know his gadgets were loaded with bugs
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a report on the allegations still to come. but first revelations about global surveillance programs has the u.k. spy agency in the spotlight it's been collecting and storing vast amounts of sensitive personal data from online and phone traffic and sharing it with u.s. partners are these tests are cilia has more from london. certainly a new twists and it reveals a vast and compassing program operation in place by the few here in the u.k. it shows that they have been a collecting and storing vast quantities of information ranging from facebook posts to phone calls as well as internet even internet histories basically they have had access to fiber optic cables a carrier the world's phone calls if you remember you can the n.s.a. said that they did not record phone calls but according to these latest revelations by edward snowden that up to six hundred million quote unquote telephone events
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last year were recorded a day. you can imagine the vast amount of data that they are now able to tap into to store and to analyze and share with the u.s. as a national security agency or at the n.s.a. if you look at the document that snowden had provided the titles of some of the main components were mastering the internet or global telecom exploitation clearly there's no doubt as to what the objectives of these programs were having put them in the place and also the fact that the technology exists right now and that there have been in place for the last eighteen months is really a terrifying thought for private citizens because this kind of vast and compassing kind of technology does not distinguish between innocent private citizens and targeted suspects and that has more of the concern of course of security versus infringement of privacy and also there's another point to be made here that the guardian believes that reported that about the people who have access to the.
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database were about eight hundred fifty thousand and it's say employees and private contractors with a top security clearance that's a lot of people with access to private information of u.k. citizens and beyond and also according to edward snowden the g c h q have been even worse than the u.s. in their spying efforts here. neither the n.s.a. nor the u.k.'s g.c. h.q. have so far commented on the report although he said previously as their work is strictly legal authorized and proportionate there's a growing feeling of the very concept of privacy is under threat as dr katherine albrecht a spokesperson for the alternative search engine start page tells us i think if we start going down this road of saying that it anyplace people are where there is privacy they need to be watched by the government then we get to the point where we will not have private hotel rooms we will not even have private bedrooms or private showers in our own homes and eventually you know we're going to have nostril cams looking up our noses so i think in some point we've got to say just like the founding fathers of the united states said in the in the bill of rights no you
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can't go rifling through a law abiding citizens privacy just because on the off chance someone might commit a crime down the road truly what if if law enforcement wants to find people who are doing bad things it's not looking for the people who are going online looking things up it's really the people who are doing bad actions and i think that mindset that everyone needs to be watched is how we've gotten into the trouble that we're in right now with the n.s.a. creating back doors so that they can watch three hundred million americans and literally hundreds of millions or billions of people around the world to see what they're searching for when they go onto the search engines. yeah exposé of the british spy agency's data collection has been a cause for heated debate especially on our facebook page make sure you log on and join the conversation there are some of those already accusing the u.s. and u.k. of conducting what they call illegal and unjust warrants others see the global spying revelations as another step towards a george orwell one nine hundred eighty four like society certain users consider
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the surveillance organized crime on a global scale but many aren't surprised by any of it take part in the debate share your thoughts that addresses facebook dot com our team news of course we're also discussing this on our r t home page and we've got our online poll to get more of your thoughts about what you think about this vast surveillance scheme that's apparently going on seventy one percent of respondents saying that the methods being employed in this case by the u.k. and u.s. governments unacceptable twenty percent though say they have no pinion no opinion on it because they're likely being tracked and they don't want their voices to actually register here seven percent saying that it's justified only if they're looking for real terrorists and two percent saying it's the right thing to do because they're going after the bad guys and i personally have nothing to hide well what do you personally think log on to our t. dot com and cast your vote.
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the friends of syria group of nations meeting in defended their efforts to arm the rebels u.s. secretary of state says america will increase political and military support to the syrian opposition john kerry said president assad has escalated the conflict by seeking help from iran and lebanese fighters he didn't address though the fact that carter has also been supporting syria's rebels and pledged to continue doing so say military command on friday claims opposition fighters have gotten weapons that can change the balance of power the un has rejected washington claims that the syrian
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government used chemical weapons saying it wasn't convinced the accusations followed by the u.s. decision to provide weapons to the rebels are reports. united nations experts say that they do not. put forward by the united states and britain and france that the damascus regime chemical weapons against the syrian rebels they said that despite the fact that these three countries collected evidence on the ground such as tissue and soil samples it is inconclusive and that they would have to send their own investigators to conduct a personal investigation inside syria this is what the u.n. had to say we. are you are casting serious doubt into what the west has supplied to the u.n. . the u.s. the british the french they've supplied. what they say is verifiable proof they
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have they haven't but that it's important to note that based on these unsubstantiated claims and by the united states britain and france that assad used chemical weapons last week the american president barack obama or did the cia to start supplying weapons to the syrian rebels he said to quote him that the damascus regime had crossed a red line sit by washington now the russian president vladimir putin has reiterated that any supply of weapons to the syrian rebels is in violation of international law and he has warned that it will only further destabilize the situation on the ground. so i can barely understand why one would supply arms to the rebel groups in syria when we don't even know who those groups consist of if washington acknowledges one of the key bodies' of the opposition forces refer and as a terrorist organization officially and admits its links to al qaeda how can they then
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debate that same opposition where would those weapons and up to the point that the russian president makes that we do not know who composes the opposition and way these weapons will end up is a point that is raising concern in the international community for twenty seven months this conflict has been going on and at this stage it seems to be showing no signs of letting up paula see our team on the israeli syrian border. meanwhile the u.s. has left around seven hundred troops stationed in jordan after a training exercise president obama said it was done at the request of jordan's government want to go on a list of more war costs as they should think twice if they're going to arm the fighters in syria to. i think the west is not really learning about the consequences of arming people this is by no means an attempt to end of bloody struggle in syria in fact it's going to do quite the opposite this has been going all along you know since the early eighty's in afghanistan because the objectives
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of arming those people have got nothing to do with the remote check it's used to get rid of a government that doesn't obey what the west or the united states says. still to come the voice of the streets in brazil becoming too loud to ignore the government father saying new reforms and more changes in an attempt to end days of violence out of and gulf the nation the details still to come. least be cool language. programs and documentaries in arabic it's all here on. reporting from the we'll talk sports the v.o.i.p. interviews intriguing story to tell you. in troy. to find out more visit our big. dog called.
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he. gave the. world to the. science technology innovation all the latest developments from around russia we've gone to the future or covered. thanks for staying with us here with me matt très of fourteen minutes past the hour now brazil's president dilma rousseff has announced a slew of reforms at
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a televised address to the nation the number of people protesting over her economic policy in the high cost of staging the world cup swelling to more than a million her speech which broke a week of near silence proposed to reform public transport news all while royalties for education in a sign that she's listening to the voices on the streets are t's ignazio you bia reports from brazil. reports of a second day in massive protests all over brasil adding more anger and violence to their ongoing rallies the first victim an eighteen years old demonstrator died in the state of south paolo after a car crashed through a barricade and the drive in flames at least sixty people have been injured brazil is witnessing historic rallies taking place across the country and some estimates say from one to two million people looted the streets of more than one hundred cities what started as a rally over transport first house turned into a violent mass demonstration and police crackdown police used tear gas paper spray
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and rubber bullets some of the protesters threw stones torched cars and pulled down hose in real crowds marched against corruption police brutality poor public services and excessive spending on the world cup their banners called for change saying like stop corruption and government failure to understand education will lead to revolution crowds could gathered in the capital brasilia try to torch the building of the foreign ministry were also met with a harsh police response brazilian authorities agreed to make a step forward and drop they are moved over but first increase but protesters claim it's too little too late with protests fevers breathing fast across the nation demonstrators promised in the next days there will be more protests. brazil's economy's growing considerably in the last decade rising to sext on the list of
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largest economies in the world but journalist and blogger marie seer severin says the protest isn't about money but the inability of government to deal with failed policies. i would compare pretty much the situation in chile a few years ago in chile as we're protesting against the high price for education that has a massive middle class which brazil has just gotten after fifty years of successful achievements of big achievements for resilin draggy forty million people out of poverty and other things i would say that this is the first revolt of the middle class of a classic middle class and certainly in decades and people are wondering if they could get better services and they could get better education better and better health it is not exactly above the economy because brazil's pretty much living through full employment and it's not doing that terribly compared to european countries i would say the protests in brazil they cook for a very long but then when they happen lots of issues and this is the biggest one in
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all of time in a long long time so most of the issues brought about now are basically discontent with how government works yellow when green flags flame tear gas and police brutality you watch the full portrait of brazilian unarrest on our youtube channel there right now for all the videos that we. were renowned chinese dissident chen guangcheng is allegedly been spied on electronic equipment he got as a gift on arrival in the u.s. were bugged with tracking devices received them for activist group china aid which denies responsibility and has asked the f.b.i. to look into the matter of port and i has more from new york. just a few weeks following revelations about america's prism spying program on another surveillance story is on folding this one surrounding chinese activist chen guangcheng the blind decided to move to the u.s. last may with his family after reportedly escaping
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a dramatic house arrest in china treated as a hero and symbol of democracy chen received a fellowship at n.y.u. new york university he also received an apartment in greenwich village and many tech gadgets that were donated by his supporters right now while corning to reuters a smartphone an i pod that chen received upon arriving to new york was loaded with it in spine software allegedly used to spy on the self-taught lawyer and why you technicians inspected the electronics reportedly finding software that allowed a third party to secretly connect to a g.p.s. that was able to track him according to reports also there's been published reports indicating that there was a hit in password protected software that backed up all the contents on his i pad and or i phone and that allowed the contents to be remotely access to buy
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a server according to reports at least three other electronic devices given to china also included suspicious software but it is not clear who is responsible for the allegedly spying software however what chen supporters say is clear is that a man who gained international recognition for standing up for human rights in china comes to america where he allegedly finds himself living under a veil of surveillance reporting from new york. r.t. during a look now at some other stories making global headlines at this hour tens of thousands of workers across italy went on strike in a room against austerity measures in the high unemployment area. placards they urge reforms benefiting the young and changes to safeguard workers forced to retirement without a pension e.u. country suffering its longest recession since records began and is seen many similar protests of late. thirty one people arrested during antigovernment protests
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in turkey's two major cities on korea the capital and istanbul brings the total number detained for rioting to fifty five most of them charged with with damaging public property and you while the turkish capital's been rattled by a fresh wave of unrest with police using water cannons and tear gas on crowds the popular unrest been going on for more than three weeks and so far claimed five lives. will. live video you're looking at. from berlin pictures provided from artie's video we can see roughly where hundreds are rallying in support of same sex marriages in the german capital waving rainbow colored flags the sign of the movement it's an annual march attended by millions of people to show tolerance for gay couples and weddings and relations german society remains split over the issue president obama in a recent speech at the city's brandenburg gate stressed the importance of providing sexual minorities with basic rights. pakistan's new government
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facing a lot of challenges terror attacks drone strikes sectarian strife issues like a big shortfall in energy are being pushed to the sidelines because artie's losing kavanaugh of explains authorities are struggling to even keep the lights on. business is far from booming at this textile mill in pakistan several times each day the machines come to a halt there's simply not enough power to keep them running forcing them to sit idle for up to fourteen hours a day the mill has resorted to burning wood to keep up production but for a factory employing four thousand people it's an unsustainable solution this is to be affecting the number of people you can employ you must provide jobs and job creation can you have than if you have energy. and energy is personally what pakistan lacks the country of almost one hundred eighty million people has been plagued by power cuts that have grown longer and more frequent in recent years about two thirds of pakistan's energy comes from oil and gas but there's not enough fuel to go around most cars here are run
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a natural gas but widespread shortages often with drivers queuing up at the pump for hours the power crisis has also played a major role in helping industrial take to and. defeat the ruling party in the recent election. it's a tragedy that a country with atomic weapons is deprived of electricity and has no electricity for even twenty hours a day how can a country develop in such a situation so called load shedding means people and businesses can't function those who can afford it turn to a battery run electricity by using a device called u.p.s. it's enough to keep a few lights and ceiling fans on but just barely across pakistan countless people are struggling to get by because of the energy crisis businesses large and small are desperate for an increase in energy supply in hard hit areas like this one the geopolitics of where pakistan turns to in order to get those supplies is hardly a top concern q iran the islamic republic has plenty of natural gas reserves which pakistan is eager to consume and after nearly twenty years the two countries
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inaugurated a gas pipeline that would lead pakistan to do just that the project aims to bring a million cubic feet of gas to pakistan each day from iran's offshore south park's field in the persian gulf. this is the single best thing which has happened to box on the last sixty five years of his existence it will be a major step towards providing cost effective solution and a solution which will allow pakistan to be actually connected to the global energy . but there are serious doubts about how pakistan could finance the one point five billion dollars needed to build its portion of the pipeline and there's another hurdle washington has threatened to slap islam abroad with sanctions over the project if this deal is finalized for a proposed iran pakistan pipeline it would raise serious concerns under our around sanctions act we've made that absolutely clear to our pakistani counterparts the americans are pushing for a rival plan for u.s. backed pipeline from turkmenistan instead the u.s.
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opposition isn't the only hurdle realistically i don't think that's ever going to happen because if you look at the geopolitical you look at the forces that are opposed to it it's not just the united states it's opposed to it it's also saudi arabia it's also the it's also got the. new prime minister is you know what he pulls out the at least historically has been i don't see the pakistan biplane going through it remains to be seen whether the pipeline will be sidelined by geopolitics but for the people here there's little choice but to put up with the inconvenience and wait in line to see catherine over r t pakistan. if you miss something on air you can always catch up on our headlines and more a click away here's what's on the line right now for you at our team dot com just imagine having a nice quiet dinner at a restaurant with your family when suddenly out of the blue a car crashes to the restaurant wall breathtaking video captured by c.c.t.v.
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his numbers have increased by seventeen percent amongst independents and even his in three rival democratic voters have given him fourteen percentage points of popularity i think this may be due to the fact that obama's magic has worn off and people are getting fed up with things belonging for the bush days is insane if you are one of the people who has recently decided that bush is awesome then please tell me how he differs from obama true obama could pronounce ninety nine percent of the words on the teleprompter in front of him but both presidents have that expensive wars with questionable objectives bush gave us the patriot act and obama continued it with the n.d.a. both of them seem to like their drones and massive government spending and expansion i don't know. don't think that just because obama's rules flawed that somehow makes bush is running into some sort of triumph but that's just my opinion . limitations. critique should treat in store charges free
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you guys welcome to breaking that fat cat bankers who made headlines again for all the wrong reasons again see five former bank of american ploys recently came forward in federal court to say that they were instructed to mislead customers who are on the verge of foreclosure they said that they were ordered to give bad advice and to stall applications for loan modifications of course b. of a is the nih that claim up and down but forgive me if i have trouble believing and after all bank of america is the worst of the worst when it comes to helping people keep a roof over their heads the rovers robo signers controversy. for b. of a employees sign a false affidavit is to speed up the foreclosure process you have one former employee to recent terror loan even admitted that workers were encouraged to deceive borrowers about their loan statuses she told c.n.n. b c quote a collector who placed an order your accounts at a foreclosure in a given month.